Thai govt taking tough measures to fight online gambling


BANGKOK, Sept. 27 (Xinhua): Thailand is taking tough measures to fight online gambling by warning internet service providers and cellphone operators of legal action if they fail to block access to gambling websites.

Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri confirmed on Monday (Sept 28) that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha has instructed the authorities including the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and the police to strictly take such measures to keep children and youths away from online gambling.

For that reason, those authorities have warned the ISPs and cellphone operators in Thailand to immediately deny access to a total of 1,202 gambling websites under court orders, which have been earlier issued, according to the government spokesman.

Those gambling portals are to be practically denied within 15 days or else the ISPs and cellphone operators might be faced with legal action under the Computer Crimes Act and the Gambling Act.

Many people, particularly adolescents and teenagers, are feared to be addicted to online gambling and spend a lot of money on betting games, given easy access to those gambling websites so far. - Xinhua
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